Here are 11 ways to ensure your home staging will be real estate ready when it hits the market. Your home goes to the top of their list when daily chores are easy to do and the house appears effortless to keep organized.
When done properly, home staging accentuates a home’s best features, downplays any flaws and takes into consideration the psychology of home buying. You are not only selling a house, you are selling a lifestyle.
Home Staging Basics
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your goal is to make home buyers fall in love with the house as soon as they see it from the street. As consumers and shoppers we’ve trained ourselves to make quick decisions about a product based on its packaging. Sprucing up the outside of the house will draw potential buyers in to take a look around.
The front door is the area where potential buyers wait as the agent gets the key and unlocks the door. Give special attention to this area because this is where buyers get their first opportunity to make a close inspection of the home.
The foyer area should be clear and light, bright and airy. The focus here should be on the architectural features of the house – show buyers what they are getting for the money as soon as they walk in the front door.
Make the House More Spacious
- Remove excess furniture to make rooms feel larger.
- Clean and organize all closets, cabinets, and built-ins.
- Pre-Pack and store boxes of seldom used items in an out of the way location so you can completely declutter the house.
If you are planning to put your home on the market anytime soon, begin NOW to clean out and organize all of the storage areas that will stay with the house: the kitchen cabinets and drawers, the shelves in the laundry room, all closets, and other built-in areas that remain with the house.
The Heart of the Home
Kitchens sell homes! The goal is for potential buyers to linger in the kitchen and imagine family gatherings that will take place there. Keep a “model home” look and feel in mind when merchandising items on the kitchen counter. You want buyers to focus on the countertops, cabinetry, appliances, size, etc.
Repaint in areas that need it with a warm, neutral color. Many of today’s home buyers are busy people without the time it would take to ready a house that needs “some work” before they can move in.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Keep in mind, the home you are trying to sell with be the new home for the buyer. Nothing says home like clean and sanitized house! Hire a professional cleaning service when necessary to make floors, bathrooms and windows sparkle.
Plenty of storage
Eliminate clutter! A home won’t sell quickly if it looks like there’s no room to store things. One of the number one reasons people move is because they have outgrown their present home. The addition of organizational upgrades such as closet shelving, stylish storage baskets, or garage organizers can make a home more desirable to buyers.
Remove Personal Items
Remove photographs of family and friends from view so potential homebuyers can imagine themselves living in your house.
Put all pet food and water bowls away during showings. Some people won’t feel the same way about your pet as you do.
Using home staging, 11 ways combined with logical organizing principles help your home to sell quickly and at or above the asking price. Location, location, organization – it’s what todays home buyers are looking for.